The California State requirements for earning a Preliminary Multiple Subjects or Preliminary Single Subject Credential or Education Specialist Level I are the following:
- A baccalaureate (or higher) degree from an accredited institution, in any major other than professional education.
- Passing scores on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or equivalent.
- Satisfactory completion of at least 2 semester or 3 quarter units of work on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States or successfully passing the appropriate U.S. Constitution examination.
- Satisfactory completion of an approved program of professional preparation, including Directed (student) Teaching. Cal Poly's credential programs listed below meet this requirement.
- Demonstration of subject matter competence in the initial credential area, achieved through completion of an approved subject matter preparation program with a GPA of at least 2.75 or passage of the appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Cal Poly has approved subject matter programs in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Physical Education, Music, Agriculture and Business. All Multiple Subjects credential candidates must pass the Multiple Subjects CSET.
- Multiple Subjects and Education Specialist Credential candidates must pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) before being recommended for a Preliminary Credential.
- Satisfactory completion of an approved course in health education and possession of a valid Adult, Child and Infant CPR card. KIN 441 meets the health education requirement.
- Satisfactory completion of training in the needs of exceptional individuals and methods for providing them appropriate educational opportunities. TED 551 meets this requirement.
- Satisfactory completion of computer competence training. GED 500/500L and GED 400/400L meet this requirement.
- Completion of the California Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA).
Students may be recommended for a preliminary Single or Multiple Subjects credential upon completion of requirements 1-10.
Education Specialist candidates must complete #1-6 and #8 from the Level I credential requirements. Clearing the Education Specialist credential requires completion of the Education Specialist Level II program.
Some course work in the basic credential programs may be applied towards a Master of Arts in Education at Cal Poly Pomona. Most Level II course work for the Education Specialist credential may be applied to the MA.
During the junior and senior years, courses in professional education (TED prefix courses) may be taken from the elective units allowed in the major. Course work taken while an undergraduate may be petitioned for graduate credit if the courses are not required for graduation (for a maximum of 13 units). These courses must be upper division or graduate level in the major, in the Department of Education, or directly related to increasing the student’s competency as a teacher.